Ultimate Guide To A Successful Job Search7 mins - Introduction
A job search is a process that involves hunting for employment because of either unemployment, dissatisfaction with the current position, underemployment or preference for a better position. The short-term goal of a job search is often getting shortlisted for an interview with the employer while the long-term and ultimate goal is, quite obviously, getting hired.
Steps Involved in a Job Search
There are a few key steps involved in a job search process, which are discussed below briefly.
Common ways of job hunting include the following: keeping track of different companies’ websites to look for vacancies, finding jobs through friends or extended personal & business networks, using job search engines or employment websites, collaborating with public or private employment agencies and attending job fairs.
More often than not, those seeking out jobs carry out comprehensive researches about their potential employers and collect information about them — history, vision & mission, strengths, weaknesses, financial data, employee count, geographical distribution, prominent products & services, list of competitors, etcetera. Prior knowledge about their company usually serves as a plus point for the job seeker during interviews as interviewees view this as positive signs of enthusiasm and eagerness for the position.
Networking (contacting people) is becoming increasingly effective in finding jobs more than 50% of the time. Many online platforms exist today to allow networking over the Internet, such as LinkedIn and Google+ Circles.
The next step is applying for the job(s) you have found to be most suitable for you. Applications can be sent to the potential employer(s) in the form of curricula vitae and résumé through websites, hard copy mails and emails. Applying through the Internet has become very popular since the 2000s.
After being shortlisted for an interview, the job seeker will have to usually go through and clear several rounds of interviews until the employer/interviewer has made their final decision.
Job Search Skills
Developing the right kind of job search skills is an essential element of your journey towards landing the ‘better’ job in 2019. Below are three of the most crucial skills that you, as a job seeker, NEED to have.
We agree with what Aristotle said; ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.’ Introspecting yourself as carefully and as honestly as possible is key here as your self-concept is what impacts your behavior greatly. Know yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses and your preferences to create a clear image of the job suited for you.
The development of a self-concept will lead to self-realization. Achieving this will help you further in polishing your concept and hence, result in improved goal orientation.
Introspection and realization of your inner potential will serve job seekers as a driving force and as a source of true motivation. Lack of motivation can make the execution of even the simplest of tasks difficult and daunting. In times of rejection and setbacks during your job search journey, self-motivation will be key in enhancing your resilience.
Some Tips for an Effective Job Search
A job search can be a daunting and frustrating task in today’s competitive world, but no need to be discouraged or lose hope! Today’s market is a ‘job seeker’s’ market as according to the data released by the U.S government, there exists around a single job opening for each person who is currently unemployed. These statistics seem quite favorable for all those set out on a job search in 2019. According to a job search expert, Marc Canedella, ‘Employers are hurting for talent.’
Despite the availability of jobs, searching for a job and actually getting chosen for one can be a challenging feat, especially if you’re switching from a job you’ve been in for years-marketing yourself effectively for the next position can turn out to be hard. Here are some tips which will help you in gearing up for, and smoothly flowing through, the job search process.
Find Your Specialty
Being specific when figuring out what career path you wish to pursue is a component that cannot be overlooked. Through self-introspection and self-realization, you will be able to find your own ‘specialty’ and move forward with it. Employers will usually be keener in hiring specialized personnel rather than those who stand confused about their expertise and strengths.
Optimize Your Résumé
Your résumé should read smoothly as a specified advertisement rather than a mainstream autobiography. It needs to promote your specialties and unique skills effectively to your potential employer and help you market yourself to the respective company.
Make sure that you tailor-make each résumé to each of the jobs you are applying to. Make your personal professional description and work experience as relevant as possible to the employer’s needs. At the end of the day, you will get hired only if you are successful in convincing the employer that you are the solution or the assistance their company needs/might need.
Moreover, make it a point to comprehensively include specific and precise qualitative and quantitative details about your previous work experiences-achievements, major contributions, quantitative goals or milestones reached, etcetera-to give your prospective employers a clear idea about your potential.
In this modern and progressive era, the influence of networking and engaging cannot be overlooked generally in every aspect of life and more importantly, when it comes to job searches.
Contact as many people as possible, people from the professional world, and start connecting to them by creating ‘real’ relationships-ask them about their career and company, inquire about their personal goals, schedule casual meetings with them, etcetera. Once you feel like it, ask them if they would put in a reference in their company for you.
Reaching out to them with the sole purpose of using them to land a job will not result in a positive response from the contact. Instead, a more effective and useful approach would entertain real involvement and perhaps, slow progress as building relationships with strangers is not that easy.
One of the key components during a job search is being patient and resilient throughout. On average, it can take up to 4-5 months. So, don’t let rejections or bad offers set you back.
Also, remember to not settle for the first offer that comes your way. Make sure the job offered helps you in achieving your own personal goals and contributes positively to your career’s development!